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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
September 28, 2012

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Tougaloo College Students Visit NIH
Tougaloo College Students
In the front row are (from l) Dr. Helena Mishoe, director of NHLBI’s Office of Research Training and Minority Health; Dr. Chitra Krishnamurti, deputy director, ORTMH; Jackson Heart Study’s Mary Crump; Mohamed Mohamed, NHLBI intern; Dr. Susan Shurin, deputy director, NHLBI (formerly acting director, NHLBI); Melvin Smith, NHGRI intern; Cheryl Nelson, health statistician, NHLBI; and Tougaloo College’s Dr. Nimr Fahmy. In middle row are (from l) Najhanan Billingsley; Chance Gray, NIH intern; Ashley Kinf, Erica Brown, Cari Hampton, Diva Whalen, Denzel Hardy and Dr. Nara Gavini, ORTMH. At rear are (from l) Charles Phillips, Rochelle Corbitt, Kisa Harris, Orianna O’Dell, Bri Lewis and Johnathan Grayson.

Students from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., visited NIH recently as part of the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) training program. The initiative, supported by the Office of Research Training and Minority Health at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is the largest single-site investigation of causes of cardiovascular diseases in the African-American population.

The Jackson Scholars at Tougaloo College participate in analysis of data at the JHS, which is run by investigators at Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The program is designed to help prepare students for careers in research, medicine, public health and epidemiology related to cardiovascular diseases and is a joint collaboration among all three institutions.

During their 2-day visit, the 12 students engaged with leaders across NIH. Then-NHLBI acting director Dr. Susan Shurin met with the students, who are studying to be epidemiologists and public health professionals. She encouraged them to pursue their careers in science and emphasized the importance of their participation in the JHS.

The students’ visit included tours of the Clinical Center, NHLBI laboratories and the National Library of Medicine, presentations of career and mentoring opportunities at NIH and a panel discussion with NHLBI interns.

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